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forestgnome
11-11-2009, 07:35 PM
It's a minor shower, around 5 meteors per hour (average), but they known to produce nice bright, slow fireballs...great for photography.

Could also be good practice for the Leonids on November 17th.

copied from International Meteor Organization's website...

"Northern Taurids (NTA)

Active: September 25-November 25
Maximum: November 12 (λo = 230?)
ZHR = 5
Radiant: α = 58? δ = +22?
Radiant drift: see Table 6
v∞ = 29 km/s; r = 2.3
TFC: as Southern Taurids

These two streams form part of the complex associated with Comet 2P/Encke. Defining their radiants is best achieved by careful visual or telescopic plotting, or imaging recordings, since they are large and diffuse. For shower association, each radiant should be considered an oval area of ~ 20? x 10? right ascension times declination, centred on the radiant position for any given date. Their activity clearly dominates the Antihelion Source area's during the northern autumn, so much so that the ANT is considered inactive while they are present. The brightness and relative slowness of many shower meteors makes them ideal targets for still-imaging, while these factors coupled with low, steady, combined Taurid rates makes them excellent subjects for newcomers to practice their plotting techniques on. The activity of both showers produces an apparently plateau-like maximum for about ten days in early November, and they have a reputation for producing some excellently bright fireballs at times, although seemingly not in every year. As remarked earlier in the April to June quarterly notes, David Asher's studies have indicated that increased Taurid fireball rates probably result from a 'swarm' of larger particles within the Taurid stream complex, which in 2005 most recently produced a lot of, occasionally very brilliant, fireballs, and enhanced combined ZHRs of ~ 10-15 that persisted from about October 29 to November 10. The anticipated 2008 'swarm' return was still to come when this Calendar was in preparation, but no prediction for a repeat was in-force for 2009, perhaps just as well, with full Moon dominating the late October to early November core period (including the STA maximum) this time. The NTA peak has only a waning crescent Moon, however. With near-ecliptic radiants, all meteoricists can observe these streams, albeit northern hemisphere observers are somewhat better-placed, as here suitable radiant zenith distances persist for much of the night, though from the southern hemisphere, a good 3-5 hours' watching around local midnight is possible with Taurus well above the horizon"

So, basically, the moon's out of the way now, and we have nice clear skies tonight and tomorrow night(actual peak night).

mtruman
11-11-2009, 07:52 PM
Thanks for pointing this out Patrick. Hopefully the skies in southern NE will clear and we'll get a chance at a view...

Snow Miser
11-11-2009, 08:44 PM
Thanks for the heads up Patrick. Wish I could be in Asia this year to see the Leonids (http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/10nov_leonids2009.htm)

forestgnome
11-12-2009, 06:31 AM
great website for fans of the night sky...

http://www.spaceweather.com/

Snow Miser
11-12-2009, 07:34 AM
That is a great website. I always like watching the Near-Earth Asteriod section. It's amazing how close they come to our planet.

mtruman
11-12-2009, 07:38 AM
great website for fans of the night sky...

http://www.spaceweather.com/

Wow - just great stuff here! Followed the link to the November Northern Lights Gallery (http://www.spaceweather.com/aurora/gallery_01nov09.htm?PHPSESSID=jjdnv4tgndfknh7iabg8 p721l1) and was just blown away! I think I want to move to Norway. Check out Tom Roland's galleries in particular: http://northernlights-photo.com/bildegalleri.html

jmorrison518
11-12-2009, 11:53 AM
That is a great website. I always like watching the Near-Earth Asteriod section. It's amazing how close they come to our planet.

Did you hear about the one on November 6th that missed us by 8700 miles? :eek: It was only 23 feet wide, but could you imagine getting hit with something the size of a boat at about a bazillion miles per hour? That would ruin your day.

Near miss news story (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/11/2124702.aspx)

Snow Miser
11-12-2009, 12:37 PM
Did you hear about the one on November 6th that missed us by 8700 miles? :eek: It was only 23 feet wide, but could you imagine getting hit with something the size of a boat at about a bazillion miles per hour? That would ruin your day.

Near miss news story (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/11/11/2124702.aspx)

No, I didn't here about that one. I did hear about the one that blew up over Indonesia though. There are many close calls that most people never hear about. I'm a firm supporter of developing the technology to more accurately track and deflect the larger ones. It's highly debated on whether to spend the money or not, but it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when a Dino killer sized one hits Earth again. Now that would ruin everyone's day.:D If I'm alive when that happens, I just hope I'm at the site of impact instead of living through the aftermath.

Anna LeBlanc
11-12-2009, 12:44 PM
No, I didn't here about that one. I did hear about the one that blew up over Indonesia though. There are many close calls that most people never hear about. I'm a firm supporter of developing the technology to more accurately track and deflect the larger ones. It's highly debated on whether to spend the money or not, but it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when a Dino killer sized one hits Earth again. Now that would ruin everyone's day.:D If I'm alive when that happens, I just hope I'm at the site of impact instead of living through the aftermath.

I hope I'm wherever you are Bob and we can all go together.;)

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Anna

Charlie
11-12-2009, 07:05 PM
well all you people up north of us in PA you will have to take a lot of pictures for us because we have an over cast sky tonight and tomorrow :eek:

KathyC
11-17-2009, 04:58 AM
It's Cloudy here...:(

KD Talbot
11-17-2009, 10:45 AM
I saw about 12-15 in about an hour of viewing, nothing spectacular, but nice anyway. So often it is overcast or there's a moon during these events.

Tried some exposures but got nothing as far as photos. I should have got up earlier and run over to Asia where the real show was!

KDT

Snow Miser
11-17-2009, 12:20 PM
It must be an awesome show in Asia, if indeed they seeing rates fo 200 to 300 per hour. Anyone want to charter a jet and head over to see the real show?:D

Anna LeBlanc
11-17-2009, 12:33 PM
It must be an awesome show in Asia, if indeed they seeing rates fo 200 to 300 per hour. Anyone want to charter a jet and head over to see the real show?:D

Are you paying for us Bob?:D:p:D

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Anna

Snow Miser
11-17-2009, 04:41 PM
I would, but it's too late now. We'll never make it in time.:( The show is peaking right now. Maybe next year.:D

Brad
11-17-2009, 08:26 PM
I was out at 3AM - saw many meteors - going in all directions but mainly west to east. Used my wide angle lens - f/2.8 - ISO400 like all the web sites said - zip - nada - nothing on any of the photos.

I will try again for the show in December.

Snow Miser
11-18-2009, 07:39 AM
I will try again for the show in December.

Is that the Geminids around the 13th and 14th? If so, I have read that they could average 50 to 100 per hour with a medium, rich display.

Gorque
11-18-2009, 08:10 AM
I only saw one last night traveling from North to South, but at least it was a bright one. :)

Patrad Fischroy
11-19-2009, 08:50 AM
Apparently, here in the West there was at least one spectacular show, although it was not technically a Taurid,
WWW.Spaceweather.com (http://www.Spaceweather.com)

had a quick article, calling it a small asteroid. I did not see it as I was sound asleep at the time.

Brad
11-19-2009, 06:26 PM
Is that the Geminids around the 13th and 14th? If so, I have read that they could average 50 to 100 per hour with a medium, rich display.
Yes - I am hoping for good weather for that one.

faegilr
11-20-2009, 02:59 PM
When I was trying to take pictures of meteors in August a few years ago, I didn't get anything on my regular film...then I flipped the colors around (regular to negative) and saw the streaks. It isn't pretty, but at least I knew I caught some :)

Snow Miser
12-01-2009, 07:58 AM
I was just reading about the Geminid Meteor Shower for this year, and according to this website (http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/pao/skyreport//index.html), they may produce up to 100 meteors per hour. Hope for clear skies in your area.:)

MOAB149
12-01-2009, 11:54 AM
Thanks Bob. I just bookmarked the sight. Very interesting. May have to schedule a camping trip to Cherry Springs, PA.

Snow Miser
12-01-2009, 03:53 PM
Thanks Bob. I just bookmarked the sight. Very interesting. May have to schedule a camping trip to Cherry Springs, PA.

Your welcome! According to Google's satellite and terrain map, the state park out there appears to be a good spot at around 2600' to watch a meteor shower. Post some photos if you decide to go and take photographs.

Patrad Fischroy
12-08-2009, 03:07 PM
Just an update from NASA on the Geminid Showers this weekend.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2009/08dec_geminids.htm?list76755

Snow Miser
12-08-2009, 07:09 PM
Just an update from NASA on the Geminid Showers this weekend.

Thanks for the update Patrad. We're hoping for clear skies here in the east. I'd love to see 140 per hour.:)

Charlie
12-08-2009, 09:11 PM
Bob i will hold back the clouds out my way so take some good videos

Snow Miser
12-09-2009, 07:41 AM
Bob i will hold back the clouds out my way so take some good videos

Charlie, Thanks! Hold them back far enough so you get a good show too.:)